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Just for Fun: The Last Dictionary

Corominas. Photo by Manel Capdevila.

Corominas. Photo by Manel Capdevila.

The Last Dictionary

Written by Rebekah Postupak

for #MondayMixer

He shouldn’t be alive.

That’s what people whispered behind the verbal luminary’s bent back after he hobbled by, as though he had toilet paper dangling from his shoe or had inadvertently voted Republican. It’s true he was famous, or used to be: he had, at ninety, actuated the speech of an entire generation with his glorious compendium of words. And no slapdash effort that: it was a linguistically gustatory triumph (said the Academy), a monument of his age for all the ages. Tributes were written. Lavish ceremonies held. Journalists pre-wrote glowing obituaries, ready to post at a single click.

But he kept living.

Newsrooms yawned and moved on.

Other people died. Words died too: a flux of syllables and breaths tumbling forgotten into an impervious past. No morphemes replaced them.

“I’ve one more word,” the luminary said at last. “Ethereal.

In confusion the world watched as he, weeping, fell silent.

***

150 words exactly, inspired by this week’s Monday Mixer flash challenge and using 7 of the 9 listed words (overachiever attempt, of course), from the required selection:

Things:          1) flux              2) luminary         3) compendium
Verbs:           1) predicate     2) actuate           3) chirrup
Adjectives:   1) slapdash      2) gustatory       3) ethereal

Sixty Seconds with: Dr. Magoo

Ten answers to ten questions in 20 words or fewer. That’s less time than it takes to burn a match*.

(*Depending on the length of the match and your tolerance for burned fingers, obviously)

Matchlight

Our newest Flash! Friday winner is Dr. Magoo.  Read his winning story here, then take one minute to get to know him better.

1) What about the prompt inspired you to write your winning piece? I had to mow my lawn and noticed the gasoline looked blue when filling the tank.

2) How long have you been writing flash? A little over a year. My story for the Once Upon A Time anthology was my first.

3) What do you like about flash? All you need is one really good idea – an image, a thought, a feeling – and there’s your story.

4) What flash advice would you give other writers? Write a lot, look for weekly contests, and talk to other writers. I’ve gotten a ton of support.

5) Who is a writer we should follow, and why? I probably would have written only a few pieces if not for the encouragement of Angela Goff.

6) Do you participate in other flash contests, and which? Monday Mixer, Five Sentence Fiction, VisDare, Mid-week Blues Buster, Thursday Threads, and others that come up when I have time.

7) What other forms do you write (novels, poetry, articles, etc)? I write a lot for work (life as a professor), and just started trying to write longer-form fiction

8) What is/are your favorite genre(s) to write, and why? Probably a combination of fantasy and horror. You can create any reality and explore reactions to unusual situations.  

9) Tell us about a WIP. Just finished my first novel, The Time-Traveling Umbrella. You can find bits of it on my blog.

10) How do you feel about dragons? Very carefully. They don’t like being poked unnecessarily.

Sixty Seconds with: Alissa Leonard

Ten answers to ten questions in 20 words or fewer. That’s less time than it takes to burn a match*.

(*Depending on the length of the match and your tolerance for burned fingers, obviously)

Matchlight

Our newest Flash! Friday winner is Alissa Leonard.  Read her winning story here, then take one minute to get to know her better.

1) What about the prompt inspired you to write your winning piece? I love that the statue faces the rising sun. Each new day is reason to hope for better.

2) How long have you been writing flash? I’ve been writing flash for a year now.

3) What do you like about flash? It forces me to edit and it’s fast, so I have the gratification of FINISHING something.

4) What flash advice would you give other writers? Um… keep your ideas small? (I’m especially bad at this, so it’s advice for me more than anything.)

5) Who is a writer we should follow, and why? Rebekah Postupak because she makes me smile, but if you’re reading this you probably already do!

6) Do you participate in other flash contests, and which? I used to participate in tons; now it’s Flash! Friday and maybe Monday Mixer (if I’m lucky), and Motivation Monday (if it’s up).

7) What other forms do you write (novels, poetry, articles, etc)? Mostly novels, but I’ve written some poetry, and I have a couple short story ideas.

8) What is/are your favorite genre(s) to write, and why? Fantasy and science fiction YA/MG… for so many reasons that require more than twenty words… each. 

9) Tell us about a WIP. I would, but I just can’t do it in twenty words! YA fantasy, no love triangle. 🙂

10) How do you feel about dragons? Love, love, love them. They can do anything! My favorites are the ones from Elvenbane